The second mission out to the lighthouse using a Picopilot and the SuperMiss - this time the aim was to shoot some video footage instead of stills

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Comment by Brian on June 18, 2008 at 10:11pm
Nice, I can hardly wait to get there too! What camera did you use for the video?

Comment by icebear on June 19, 2008 at 8:55am
Thanks Brian, it is my Pentax Optio S5z camera which shoots nice 640x480 video too.

Comment by Brian on June 19, 2008 at 12:20pm
It looked good. I'm planning on running my AIPTEK HD-DV1080P. It does HD @ 60FPS and has an AV in so it can be used either as the onboard cam or as a recorder for one of the wireless cam.

Again your flight was great. The conditions were perfect!. Your co-pilot looked like a buch of help. I have one of those too!

What is your wind limit w/the plane you're flying. It looks pretty light but a lot of sail...

Comment by icebear on June 20, 2008 at 12:17am
Hi Brian,
Thanks again.
I have the Aiptek HD (720P) but it is not great to mount on the side of the plane - but the video quality is! Would be nice to see how you solve that with the 1080P!
By 'co-pilot' I suppose you mean the one in the baby carrige :)
I can fly in up to 25 kph winds (15 mph) and still have good wing-levelling with the Picopilot but due to the low cruise speed of 40 kph=25 mph I dont want to fly in more than that.
For missions like this, I like to fly in perfect conditions to keep the video better.
Total weight with cam + secondary GPS is 42 oz and the wing area is 395 sq in so it has a wingload of approx 14 ox/sqft. Helps to penetrate the wind a little!

Comment by Brian on June 20, 2008 at 9:12am
The platform I'm starting with is a top wing boom style trainer (modified aerobird extreme), which has a good payload capability, but I'm working on a design for a large delta. I'm constantly shocked at how well they fly in big wind. I have a couple and only get bumpy when they are on the way back in during windy conditions. It really does help to just cut through the wind. I don't know how I'd mount the Aiptek on a delta but am working on a system for big bird.


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